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Prince Harry makes acting debut as a cynical gardener

He has eight precious seconds of screen time in the Rugby World Cup clip

By Andrea Tim | Published: 21 Sep 2015

Video: World Rugby

Prince Harry makes a cameo appearance in the opening ceremony intro clip for the 2015 Rugby World Cup as a 19th-century gardener at Rugby School, a boarding school in England.

Legend has it that it was at that school that a student named William Webb Ellis created the popular sport while playing a version of football with his classmates, who here include a stern (as usual) Asa Butterfield. Instead of sticking to the rules, William takes off with the ball in his hands as players and spectators exclaim in outrage at the sudden innovation.

William runs past Harry – in the guise of a beardless gardener – who shrugs the move off, telling his colleague "Don't worry, Jonny. That will never take off." (That's former rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, by the way.)

Now that we've had about five replays of the clip, we realise that eight golden seconds aren't enough; the world needs more of Harry acting. In related news, he also officiated the opening of the 8th Rugby World Cup in Twickenham last week, beard back in place.

Related: Louis Vuitton designs Rugby World Cup 2015 trophy case


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